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RIO GRANDE, Ohio – The Rio Grande RedStorm women’s soccer team has been picked to finish ninth in the Mid-South Conference 2013 Preseason Coaches’ Poll released Wednesday by conference officials.


The RedStorm received 24 points in the preseason poll.


Head coach Callum Morris’ squad enters the new season with just one senior - defender Mary Beth Schramm - and a slew of freshman (eight in total) on its roster.


Also returning is sophomore forward Kasey Crow, who was among the nominees for MSC Freshman of the Year last season.


Rio Grande finished 6-11 overall and 2-7 in league play. Four of the losses, all of which came on the road, were by one goal.


Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) College, the defending NAIA national champion, topped the balloting with 81 points and nine of the 10 first-place votes.


Cumberland (Tenn.) University grabbed the remaining first-place nod and finished with 73 points, while Campbellsville (Ky.) University was third with 62 points. Georgetown (Ky.) College (58 pts.) and Bluefield (Va.) College (41 pts.) rounded out the top five.


Positions 6-8 were filled by St. Catharine (Ky.) College (39 pts.), Shawnee State University (37 pts.) and the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) (26 pts.), while the University of Pikeville (Ky.) followed Rio Grande in 10th place with nine points.


Rio Grande kicks off the new season on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 5:30 p.m., at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

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